For years, the Premier League has become synonymous with having some of the world’s finest talents and exponents of the game.
But for too long, praise has always favoured the attacking prowess for teams.
Defenders are often vilified for errors, red cards, clumsy tackles or the dreaded own goal, while they have to look on as their forward-playing teammates reap the rewards of success.
Now, though, defenders are becoming an increasingly important signing during the close season, and making sure you have four quality centre-backs is virtually a prerequisite for success in a season.
Here are the league’s top six defenders, each of whom were vital to their teams last season.
All statistics provided by Squawka.com